If you're giving your bathroom a makeover, why not consider installing frameless glass shower doors? They give a sleek, clean look to your personal space and can even make your bathroom seem larger. Here are three bathroom scenarios where installing these frameless shower doors adds style and class. If you are an avid DIY type, you may be able to handle some of these installations yourself.
What Are Frameless Glass Shower Doors?
Frameless shower doors are glass panels that are almost invisible when installed. They have very little hardware, usually comprised of small hinges on the entry panel and a door handle, which often is glass. The panels are installed by using nearly invisible attachment clips or by setting them in thin channel fittings. Some door panels pivot on hinges to open out, others slide open and closed.
Various types of glass panels are offered, including clear, frosted, tinted and etched. The clear or lightly tinted panels can make your bathroom seem larger because there is no perceived separation between the shower and the rest of the room. Tinted glass may also be matched to the shower tile, creating a "shower cave" effect. If privacy is an issue, the frosted and etched panels work quite nicely.
Three Scenarios Where Frameless Glass Shower Doors Really Work
The Tiny Bathroom Scenario
If you own an older home, say a vintage Victorian or Edwardian, you probably have smaller bathrooms. In that era, indoor plumbing was just catching on and bathrooms were installed just about anywhere they'd fit. If enlarging that bathroom isn't part of the plan, you can still get better use out of the space by installing a corner shower with a frameless shower door. If a drain isn't in already place, you'll have to add one, but you won't have to tear up big chunks of your vintage tile floor to accommodate a tub. The clear shower stall and door also give you more light when you are taking a shower, preventing that closed in feeling. If you are installing a skylight, that's even better. The entire bathroom can take advantage of the natural light.
The Walk-In Shower Scenario
Walk-in showers were once only found in high-end luxury properties. Today they are everywhere. In fact, they can dramatically increase the resale value on even a modest home. As long as your bathroom is large enough, why not put in that dream shower? Add multi-jets, granite tiles and maybe even a rain shower. Waterproof audio systems are also available. Close the entire space with frameless glass shower doors.
This is one place where shower orientation may influence your glass selection. If privacy is an issue and your shower opens up to the rest of your bathroom, you might consider frosted or etched glass. Walk-in showers also make great "cave showers." Orient the shower so it opens up into its own entry space, facing away from the rest of the bathroom. Depending on the shower's depth, you could go with or without shower doors.
The Shower with a View Scenario
One of the perks of having a home perched on a hillside overlooking the ocean or the jagged peaks of mountains is being able to build a "shower with a view." Most master suites have a full bathroom attached. In this scenario, many architects design a wall of windows in both rooms. The trend is to put the tub close to the window so you can soak and enjoy the scenery. Install a shower with frameless glass shower doors and you can also take advantage of the view. Go with the clear; no one can see in but Mother Nature.